Spiced Pear & Date Chutney + White Chocolate PB Cups

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Lauren Zembron
Lauren Zembronhttps://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

I really struggled with getting a good shot of this chutney. Some foods just aren’t very photogenic, and this is definitely one of them!

I suppose I could have just slapped another slice of bread on top and called it a day, but then you wouldn’t have been able to see it all. Just do me a favor and don’t judge this chutney by its appearance… looks can be deceiving.

Spiced Pear & Date Chutney

After the third photo shoot, I threw up my hands and decided that these pictures would have to do. If I had waited any longer, there would have been nothing left to photograph… I couldn’t stop eating the chutney by the spoonful ;).

Spiced Pear & Date Chutney

Chutneys are great for those of us who adore sweet & savory pairings (who’s with me?),  and they are extremely versatile.

So far, I’ve enjoyed the chutney in a salad along with blue cheese and on a sandwich with almond butter and fig jam (photographed); but I bet it would also be fantastic served alongside roasted pork or chicken and spread on crackers with goat cheese or sharp cheddar.

I’d love to hear your ideas about how you would enjoy this chutney!

Spiced Pear & Date Chutney

Spiced Pear & Date Chutney

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Inspired by Cooking Light

yield: 4 servings


  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp minced shallots
  • 1 large Bartlett pear, preferably organic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pitted soft Medjool dates, about 2 large
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • tiny pinch Kosher salt
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves


  1. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add in the shallots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add in the pear, dates, cider, maple syrup, vinegar, salt, cinnamon, and cloves; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook for 15 minutes or until the pear is tender and the mixture has thickened, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon stick and all 5 cloves.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

91.8 calories, 1.3 grams fat, 0.2 grams saturated fat, 1.8 grams fiber, 12.6 grams sugar, 0.5 grams protein


In other news, (as promised in yesterday’s post), today you can find my recipe for White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups on the PB & Co. blog.

Spiced Pear & Date Chutney

If the recipe isn’t the first one listed when you click over to the blog, check back a little later in the day… trust me, it’s worth your time!

Spiced Pear & Date Chutney

Yeah, these are fantastic ;).

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